Poconos has been welcoming city residents who have been searching for fresh mountain air for nearly 200 years. From the 1820s onwards, chic Philadelphians and New Yorkers alike flocked to the area to witness its natural wonders and relax in its hotels and inns.
Some of these modern folk loved the Poconos so much that they decided to build houses instead. The unincorporated private community of Buck Hill Falls contains some of the oldest vacation homes in Poconos. From what I was able to look up, the only Poconos resort community as old as Buck Hill Falls, begun in 1901, is Pocono Manor, whose first “huts” were built that same year.
(Both communities, by the way, were founded by Quakers from Philadelphia. Like the robber barons who built lavish summer “huts” in Newport, R.I., the vassals who built the oldest Poconos resort homes decided to give them misleadingly modest names. But in the course of their defence, these homes are really More modest than those grandiose mansions of Newport).
This traditional home for sale in Buck Hill Falls, built in 1905, is one of those vintage. And Crestwood has a host of unique design elements that make it stand out not only from every other Poconos you’ve seen (and shown) but also from its other Buck Hill Falls neighbors.
For starters, there’s its cruciform design and octagonal central section. This house wants to hug you even before you enter it.
Once inside, you come across the Teddy Rooseveltian foyer whose grand staircase features a balustrade made of logs.
On one side of the foyer sits a convenient round hook.
You’ll also find fireplaces in both the rustic living room and the more elegant dining room.
The kitchen, by contrast, is a 1980s affair whose appliances have been modernized. I recommend updating it further similar to the style of the rest of the house.
The second floor contains seven bedrooms, all with wood-beamed ceilings and wood paneling on their walls. Some are bright and cheerful, others are warm and earthy. Four full bathrooms serve you, your cuddles, and your guests all night, and a half bathroom on the main floor handles your visitors.
There is also a home office, a mudroom with a sink, and a recently reconstructed cabin for indoor relaxation on the main floor.
For outdoor relaxation, the home has a large side porch at the end of one of the suites, a wraparound back porch that extends from the dining room to that den, and a deck from the den.
This is what you see from that rooftop and balcony:
Topping it all is the octagonal observation room, where you can enjoy a sweeping view of the surrounding hills.
Membership to Buck Hill Falls comes with the purchase of this home. Along with this membership, you have access to the many amenities, activities, restaurants, and recreational facilities that the community has to offer, including a 27-hole golf course and 10 tennis courts.
Living in this distinctive traditional home for sale in Buck Hill Falls, you’ll enjoy modern amenities – including air conditioning – in a home that channeled the spirit of the community’s founders, who sought to “undermine” it in a civilized way.
bathrooms: 4 full, half
cubic feet: 4010
selling price: $925,000
Other things: The annual association fee of $15,375 covers the use and maintenance of all community facilities.
128 Falls Doctor, Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania 18323 [Elizabeth M. Haser | Keller Williams Real Estate – Stroudsburg]